Join us as Fritz Hager talks about his first experience with live music.

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In this First Concert Ever segment, the alternative pop artist, Fritz Hager, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story below:

I went to a couple of concerts as a kid but not many, and to be totally honest I don’t remember them very well. But the one concert I saw that is still burned in my brain has to be when I saw John Mayer on his The Search for Everything World Tour. He was stopping in Dallas, which is just an hour or two drive from Tyler, and John Mayer is one of my biggest inspirations, so I knew I had to go.

I was in high school, and I was dead broke so I knew the odds of me going were slim to none. But my Dad, who actually introduced me to John Mayer in the first place, surprised me with two tickets to see him on my birthday, so we went together! My dad used to play Continuum almost every morning when he drove me to school as a kid, so all of those tracks carry so much nostalgia and just positive vibes for me. And I had just really started diving into guitar and songwriting when we saw the show, so it was incredibly inspiring for me. And being there with my dad, it felt very full circle.

I remember he had a massive screen behind him that would change depending on the song. The most striking one for me was the last song on his first set, “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me” that started completely white, including the piano. Then as he started playing and throughout the rest of the song, a burst of black hit the piano and spread across the whole screen. Then he blew our minds with a blues set and ended the show with his greatest hits. Of course, Gravity teleported me to another dimension. It was just so inspiring to see someone doing what I dreamed of. I was so motivated after that show to really commit to my dream, and I’m so grateful that I’m still able to chase it today.

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